Summary: My review is based on a house fire caused by an electrical short in the attic. I have full replacement coverage, and I called my stereo pro to modernize my system. My wife HATES the size of my past (toasted) equipment. This prior equipment is comprised of 25 years of consistent love of listening to music first, then understanding the importance of killer sound from good movies.
Summary: I'm pairing Hawks with Naim Audio's Supernait integrated amp and the combination is stunning. The sound is coherent, clear and lively, maybe a bit dark when paired with Naims (just the way I like it). Bass is fast and controlled. It goes so beep that subwoofer is useless (room response is about 32 Hz depending the room of course).
Summary: I bought the Hawks to partner a Plinius 9100, but soon upgraded the amp to the 9200. I have a Bel-Canto CD-1, Stereovox XLR cables, a Inspire Eclipse T/T with Rega RB1000 and Shelter 901 with a Whest Two phono amp. I've used Chord Epic, and now Rapport speaker cables. All were bought second user or ex-demo. Recently, I have had a revelation in the sound, and I can only ascribe that to the Hawks (and the rest of the system) "burning-in".
Summary: For 9 years I have been listening to a setup (Classe, Primare amplification) with B & W speakers (CDM7SE, Nautilus 804, 805 Signature, 804 S) but I always felt "something was "missing" but I could not put it into words. A couple of months ago I visited a friend who had just bought a new set with Naim electronics and Totem Sttaf's.
Summary: I had a pr of forests and was never satisfied withe sound mid was sucked out a bit more than i liked so i changed them to simple first order x over. they were absulutley stunning after. came across these hawks as a fluke they had sagged woofers so they were only 300$ WOW I THOUGHT THAT I HAD HEARD IT ALL THESE THINGS MADE MY REFERANCE DYNAUDIOS SOUND CRUDE IN COMPS .
Summary: One more glowing review for the amazing speakers. My first experience with high end speakers , I've upgraded from a Mirage system, not a bad system at all, but this just blows it away. There is such a depth to the sound, it's almost tangible, I know that sounds strange but you really have to hear it to know what I'm talking about. The Highs are crystal clear and the bass goes so low it's unbelievable.
Summary: I had been resigned to living with "ok" sound as there were seemingly no hi-end audio stores in the Capital region, until I found the guys at Oasis Audio, who allowed me all the time to really listen to what I wanted. I worked my way up from the Arrow and Sttaf to the Hawks, and was consistently impressed by the quality and integrity of the sound.
Summary: I feel very fortunate that I acquired the Hawk off Ebay for the price paid. The speakers were 4 months old and not even broken in. I am running as my front end Legacy Audio ultra mono block amps, the stream preamp, and a Rega Planet. Now, the mono blocks are definately overkill for these speakers. But, what I get is absolute deadness as far as background noise. If you don't know about the Legacy's they are designed and made by Coda, An ultra high end company.
Summary: Well, here I go again. I only feel compelled to review something if it really moves me and goes beyond. Well the Totem hawk is that. I have had so many speakers that I would bore you going through them. These speakers are truily a marvel. They are fantastic in every way. I am playing them with 6 watt /channel single end amps and the sound is rich full and the sound stage and imaging is ghostly and real.